Description

My brother has been using an old PC he built way back in 2007... And its finally just about died.

Since his birthday is coming up, I figured I'd throw together a budget PC for him (And mess around with a few parts that caught my interest in the process)

I was kinda curious about APUs, Dual Graphics, and really wanted to check out the node 202 case... So that's what I planned a build around. Unfortunately the overclocked R7 240 card I got for this build was just not enough to get the job done, Even paired with the APU in dual graphics mode its only pulling half the frames of the R7 360 card i settled on... for roughly the same price...

Overall the PC is running great now, And ill be sending it along to my brother shortly. Here's a breakdown of the parts I settled on and how they're performing.

APU [{Thoughts} Really... I should have just picked up an Athlon 860k]

Originally nabbed this chip when I saw the price, But I'm thinking I ended up saving the money to get an older model stock cooler since it was worse than awful, Even at stock settings. The chip itself works GREAT, and is a solid overclocker. Have this little workhorse up to 4.2Ghz clock CPU side, and 900Mhz Graphics side without any problems at all (Once I got a decent cooler).

As I ended up changing the GPU, the Graphics side of the chip wont be able to assist in dual graphics mode... but since my brother runs dual screens, I ended up leaving the onboard graphics enabled so the second monitor can run without putting any extra workload on the GPU.

CPU Cooler

Good cooler, makes a little noise, VERY low profile, all the hardware for ITX included... Not much else to say.

Motherboard [{Thoughts} Wish I had gotten the A88 and had the wireless option]

Got this board on sale, Had the features I needed, and I really prefer AS Rock Bios.... really made OC simple.

RAM

Its Ram. At first I regretted not getting the 2133mhz to help the APU.... but ended up not running dual graphics anyway

Storage

Trust Hitachi. Works great. Packaging was sketchy as could be... Came in a bubble wrap pouch thrown in an amazon box.

GPU

Saw a rebate up for this card, bringing price way down to $67 USD. For the price is OUTSTANDING. Unigine Heaven 4 Ultra setting score of 566 was more than double what the dual graphics config was pulling.

One minor point, the temperature sensor is all kinds of shot. At one point showing temps of 1,677,354 degrees Celsius. Which I found hilarious and then frustrating.

Case

Loving the node 202. wanted to check it out before I used it for one of my own PCs, and I like what I see. Its a tight space to work in and it takes patience, but I was very happy with the results and the overall look.

Included 450w power supply worried me for a second when I grabbed that new graphics card. But under maximum load the build is only pulling 210w from the wall so its good.

OS

Brother has windows 7 thrown on his clunker. Helping him move himself over to the new build while the free Windows 10 Upgrade is still available.

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Otherwise Great job with that deal for the R7 Gpu

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points
Good build. You really did a good job at replacing your r7 240 for a 360! :)

+1

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I got lucky there, I saw that price disappear real quick! Good thing cause the Dual graphics just wasn't cutting it. (Though I'm wondering how R7 250 + A10 chip would do in comparison)

Now I'm just trying to decide what to do with the R7 240... Thinking i'll replace the GT 610 in my server. For giggles.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

good job but for storage you should have bought the
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive it is cheaper and it is a lot of people's standard for mass storage.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I was stuck with only 2.5" options with the Node 202, Unfortunately. although I was half tempted to 3D print my own mounting option with all that extra space behind the graphics card!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Didn't see that, so now I must say that your build was pretty darn close to perfection.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Hoping it serves my brother well

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. If I may ask, how do you like that GPU model? I've seen many ppl on Amazon/Newegg saying it's quite loud, although it does perform pretty well for the price. Did you experience any noise issues with it?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm kind of torn with this GPU.

On one side, great price to performance. And when I initially benched it with the case in the vertical position had no issues with noise.

My brother on the other hand, With the case in Horizontal position, found it has VERY bad noise issues.

I've since sent him the following replacement, and the old one is on to another friend....

http://pcpartpicker.com/product/xZRFf7/xfx-video-card-r7360p2255

I hope this helps you!

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi, thx for replying! I ended up going with the GTX 750 Ti from EVGA, as the price difference was very small here where I live. My 2nd option was that specific XFX model you linked me to, as it looks awesome and silent since it uses a dual fan cooler. I actually tried to change my order to get the R7 360 on the following day I placed it, but to my surprise it has already been shipped, so I gave up on that. Hope the Nvidia card isn't loud, the case I'll use is pretty much "open" so noise would easily be an issue x_x

Edit: forgot to say that it's a shame that the MSI R7 360 didn't perform well on the noise area... It's an awesome card, pretty much the best looking one among the R7 360s in my opinion. I wish MSI would pay attention to that, nowadays silence is almost as important as performance even for budget builders, I guess.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Interesting, I'm curious how the 750 Ti stacks up myself (And I shamelessly love EVGA products)

Hope it works well for you!

(also) Sorry for the delay in the post, Working a 9 to 5 doesn't always mean you get home at 5 these days! & The good news for that MSI card is a friend of mine has a hand-me-down from his work and needed a quick (free) upgrade, So its found a good home anyway.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

So am I. I never had a Nvidia GPU before, but since the release of the 750 Ti I remember I liked the design EVGA came up with. Looks elegant, I like it'd discrete looks and colors. And there the option to buy the backplate too, which I doubt would really make any difference on temps but would make the card look cooler XD. Hope everything works as intended :)

Also, thx for replying again, and there's no need to be sorry. My working hours are similar to yours, but every now and then I work an extra 2 or more hours, so I totally understand what you mean (not to mention the traffic, which sometimes is terrible).

I'm expecting my order to be delivered on monday, so as soon as can test it I'll give you some feedback on its performance and noise levels :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, hello there. My 750 Ti arrived today, as of now I'm still testing it, and I've had good and bad impressions of the card. The good is that it is indeed twice as powerful than my Radeon HD 7750. The bad thing is that this specific model, the EVGA 750 ti SC 2GB, is quite loud at idle. My previous GPU was virtually inaudible when idling, its noise levels were well below than my case fans'. EVGA set the minimum fan speed as 40%, and it could very well go much lower than that, as it barely reaches 50º after 30 minutes of testing on Furmark, so well, I can't say I recommend it to anyone looking to build a silent PC. Maybe my room is way too quiet, or my listening capabilities are too developed, but anyway... It isn't as silent as it could be. Unfortunately returning open/tested products is kinda hard here where I live, so I guess I'll have to stick with it. I've read someone on a forum used a resistor of some kind to make the fan spin slower, so I'll see if I can do the same. Oh, and I miss the AMD Crimson UI. Nvidia Control Panel is very straightforward, but seems to pack less features than AMD's software. Oh well, gotta live with it until I upgrade to another GPU.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Hello!

Sorry to hear its not working as you'd hoped, But I appreciate your feedback!

Noise was the only complaint my brother had about this build, So I think for the price bracket that Double Dissipation R7 360 (When on sale) is probably the best bet. Hopefully that helps anyone else trying to make the decision!

Wish you luck getting the noise down on that fan!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you install that hdd

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Its a 2.5" HDD so its mounted in the standard bracket for the case